May 8, 1990 |
It is a case that challenges myriad legal precepts and medical ethics - what to do when a doctor has AIDS? From one perspective, disclosure is an incredible violation of a physician's right to keep his medical condition private. From the other perspective, disclosure is necessary to protect the doctor's patients from potential infection. "Can they be reconciled in this case?" Mercer County Superior Court Judge Philip S. Carchman mused yesterday. "Isn't that what this case is all about?"
March 30, 1990 |
The Rev. Charles J. McFadden, 80, a gentle, practical philosophy professor who taught at Villanova University for 40 years, died Tuesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He had lived for the last 50 years at St. Thomas of Villanova monastery. Father McFadden, a member of the Augustinian order of priests and brothers, was "a kind of Mr. Chips in the classroom," said the Rev. Francis X. McGuire, retired president of Villanova and a longtime friend of Father McFadden's. He was "a scholar and gentleman," said Father McGuire, who was president of the university from 1944 to 1954.
December 10, 1989 |
In 1976, Karen Ann Quinlan lay in a coma, kept alive by a respirator, when her parents asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to allow doctors to remove the machinery and let their daughter die. It was the first time the issue - with all of its medical, legal and ethical considerations - had come to a court of law. But to stop the medical treatment clashed with current thinking on medical ethics and law. "All of us had the belief we had...
April 21, 1989 |
The state ombudsman for the elderly yesterday announced that he would greatly limit his review of decisions to halt life support of nursing home patients. The announcement by Hector Rodriguez, ombudsman for the institutionalized elderly, reversed his earlier stance that had been sharply criticized by doctors, nurses, lawyers and nursing home administrators. He had declared in August that he would review all decisions to stop life support of elderly patients because of the "potential abuse" such cases may present.
June 30, 1986 |
Not everyone who smokes cigarettes for 40 years gets lung cancer. Why not? Of all the people who take a specific prescription drug, only a few may suffer adverse reactions. How come? A few of the American soldiers serving in Asia during World War II and in Korea became seriously ill when given standard anti-malaria drugs. Why? It's long been known that individuals may respond differently to drugs, chemical pollutants and other environmental substances. What's new is the increasing ability of scientists to link these reactions to variations in individual, inherited genes.